Monday, July 21, 2008

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was." Ernest Hemingway, who was born on this date (1899 — July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist.

In an 1883 memo, Paul Reuter gave instructions to the reporters for his news service about what news to cover: "fires, explosions, floods, inundations, railway accidents, destructive storms, earthquakes, shipwrecks attended with loss of life, accidents to war vessels and to mail steamers, street riots of a grave character, disturbances arising from strikes, duels between and suicides of persons of note, social or political, and murders of a sensational or atrocious character." He further instructed "that the bare facts be first telegraphed with the utmost promptitude, and as soon as possible afterwards a descriptive account, proportionate to the gravity of the incident." His instructions in this memo formed a sort of industry standard for future news media.

“It’s not over until it’s over.” Yogi Berra

The Denver Group is pushing for the nomination of Hillary Clinton at the convention here in Denver in August. Here is the ad they are starting to run in major daily newspapers across the country (click to enlarge):

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